The 9th classroom for Osiligi Obaya School, Kenya
The Charity has built a 7 classroom school in the rural Maasai area of Kenya. The classrooms are now full. Each year we add 1 more class of children so we need 1 more classroom. The school caters for the many orphans or very poor. All have UK sponsors who pay their school fees.
July 2015 - June 2017
Charity information: Osiligi Charity Projects
The Maasai are one of the poorest tribes in Kenya. Very few Maasai attended school, so very few Kenyan professionals are Maasai. Now their pastoralist lifestyle has gone, they are seeking high quality education to develop Maasai professionals. The children are eager to learn but the few primary schools in the area are all very poor. Few Maasai access the better secondary schools as their primary results are too poor. In 2011 the charity built a high quality school. Now we need more classrooms.
We have built a centre of excellence. The buildings are of stone and secure. The school has computers, solar electricity and good teaching materials. Much emphasis has been placed on the quality of teaching. Pupils who attend the school have a high chance of attending a good secondary school and therefore likely to attend university. Some will come back to the area and help develop the Maasai community. Each year, we add one more class of 27 children, so the new classroom with enable this.
To allow access to this school, regardless of wealth.
Activities» The school only takes the poorest from the community. All the current 155 children have a UK sponsor that pays their school fees.
Our aim is to have at least 90% of the school intake as sponsored children from poor families. This is measurable.
To teach 25 - 28 new children each year
Activities» We must build 1 new classroom each year until the school is finished with 11 classrooms. In 2016 we will build a pair of new classrooms.
» This is our 4th year of TBG challenge. In 2012 & 2013 we raised money for a classroom and office. These were built in 2014 ready for the 2015 intake
By ensuring that there is a new intake each year
To ensure that teaching is to the highest standard.
Activities» The school has teachers' houses and it is equipped with computers and broadband. This will allow us to recruit and retain the best teachers.
» Much emphasis has been put on teacher training, with many 'train the teacher' sessions. The charity will give long term support to the teachers.
Once the schools has 8 years of teaching, success will be measurable by the KCPE exam results. In the mean time, success will be measurable by comparable peer results.
To equip the school to standards approaching Western schools.
Activities» Much of the improvements in Western schools is down to modern teaching equipment. This school has computers, books, and science equipment.
Success will be measured by comparison of equipment and use of this equipment against Western schools.
The school classrooms - bright, clean, secure, spacious and with lights and electricity.
Activities» The bright clean and spacious classrooms are conducive to learning. The solar electricity is 'green' and allows lights and computers.
» The school is built in stone, so making it secure. Computers, books and teaching equipment can be left in the classrooms.
Success will be visible and tangible, in the clean bright school and classrooms.
Building a school is a long term project. Although the benefits to the individual children are immediate, the benefits to the community are very long term. The benefits will only come about once the children have finished education and use their knowledge as teachers, engineers, doctors etc to help their community. The primary school is just the first step on this long process. Success will not be obvious for many years, although good KCPE exam results in year 8 will be measurable.
The project is for the money to build one additional classroom at the school. The main risk is poor build quality. This can be mitigated by using the same architect and builder as used on the previous build of the school.
As can be seen from the Charity website and newsletters, the charity is very happy with the quality of work from this builder.
The charity produces a quarterly newsletter giving general information on all the projects (see the website for examples). Additionally a quarterly report is sent to interested parties on specific projects. The same process will be used with this project.
Budget - Project Cost: £12,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £11,000 Building Work floor, walls, roof, ceiling £1,000 Electrical work Solar PV system and associated wiring
The school is located in the Maasai area of Olepolos, and will attract children from the Eastern side of the Rift Valley. Olepolos is about 15 miles south of Kiserian, about 30 miles SW of Nairobi.
There is a link to Google Maps showing the exact location on the Charity website.
Immediate benefit will be the many thousands of pupils who attend the school over its lifetime. Another immediate benefit will be the local people building the school and the longer term jobs to the area of teachers, cooks, cleaners, security guards etc. However, the real long term benefit will be to the whole community as well educated professionals, who were initially educated at this school, return to the area.
We are not a single issue charity, but one that works on all the issues to help the community. The school is just a part of the overall project. Orphan children will never afford to go to school without sponsorship. We provide sponsorship. Many girls will never attend school if their job is to fetch water from afar. We provide local sources of clean drinking water. There is no point to education if there are no jobs so we work with the community on sustainable employment.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Roger is an electronic engineer, but has spent most of his working life starting and managing companies. He spends 2 months per year in Kenya.
Richard Tajue Ole Minisa
Troupe leader and project manager. Richard offers his time for free. The school is on his land. He manages the day to day work in Kenya.
Helen is a qualified teacher, but has spent most of her working life in industry. Her skills are invaluable to the running of the school.